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About Dublin

The Irish capital Dublin has undergone an incredible transformation in the last decade with many modern buildings springing up to add to its historical and cultural appeal.

Dublin's pubs and bars are world-renowned from the city's oldest, The Brazen Head, to the newest wine bar. A visit to the Guinness Storehouse and Brewery provides an insight into the history of Ireland's favourite tipple.

Grafton Street is a shopper's paradise with a stop at Bewley's historic coffee house a must for people-watching.

The library at Trinity College is home to the eighth-century Book of Kells, with the National Museum housing exhibits dating back from the Irish Bronze and Iron ages. The city's literary heritage is celebrated at the adjoining National Library with works of famous Irish writers such as Beckett, Joyce, Swift and Yeats collected together.

 

Shore excursions in Dublin

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Discover County Wicklow

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 5 hours

Combine a leisurely drive through some of the finest scenery in Ireland with a visit to an important monastic site.

Your scenic drive through County Wicklow into Wicklow Mountains National Park will take you past mountains, through lush glens and by pretty lakes, which all combine to create a naturally beautiful backdrop.

On arrival in Glendalough, you’ll visit one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. The early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St Kevin in the 6th century and consists of a number of monastic remains. One of Europe’s finest examples of Round Tower architecture can be found here, as well as a cathedral, stone church and decorated crosses. Admire the picturesque setting as you take a guided tour around the scattered monastic ruins.

Afterwards, your scenic drive continues to Enniskerry, where a stop will be made for you to enjoy refreshments of tea or coffee and scones, at a local hotel.

On the return journey, enjoy more of the surrounding scenery as you head back to Dublin.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Approximately 1 hour is spent at the monastic ruins, the terrain in parts is uneven and gravelled. There are some steps without handrails to negotiate and extra caution is advised. A stop will be made on the return journey to take photos of the scenery.

River Cruise and Dublin Sights

Activity low

Duration: 4 hours

‘Dublin’s Fair City’, one of Europe’s liveliest cities can be enjoyed on this excellent combination tour by river and land.

Your voyage of discovery begins with a transfer to the River Liffey upon which Dublin is built. Board the ‘Spirit of Docklands’ for a gentle and relaxing cruise (45 minutes) and hear the story of Dublin, from the first arrival of the Vikings 1,000 years ago to the rapid development of the city. You’ll be told the story behind the iconic Ha’penny Bridge and hear about Gandon’s masterpiece, the majestic Customs House. Follow the story of Dublin’s Royal and Grand Canals and see where Oliver Cromwell landed in 1649. Learn how much of present day Dublin now sits on reclaimed land, including Trinity College and the spire in O’Connell Street.

Rejoining your coach, you’ll then take a panoramic drive through the city. See the Georgian Squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam and stop to photograph the renowned Dublin doorways. Founded in 1190, St Patrick’s Cathedral is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean here from 1713 to 1745. Next, drive past the Guinness Brewery, home of the famous ‘Black Stuff’ for which Dublin is famous. Continuing to Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed public park, you’ll see the homes of Ireland’s President and American Ambassador. On the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey, you’ll pass the Four Courts, Ireland’s courts of justice.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are a few steps to embark/disembark the cruiser. This itinerary may operate in reverse order. There are no toilets on the River Cruise boat; however a short stop will be made during the panoramic drive at the Phoenix Park Visitors Centre.

 

A selection of cruises to Dublin

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